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WHEN MASSACHUSETTS PASSED ITS 2006 LAW REQUIRING EVERYONE TO HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE, LEGISLATORS REALIZED THEY'D HAVE TO HELP MANY PEOPLE GET THAT INSURANCE. SO THEY CREATED A NEW PUBLIC HEALTH PLAN FOR PEOPLE MAKING UP TO THREE TIMES THE FEDERAL POVERTY LEVEL.  ALMOST A QUARTER OF A MILLION PEOPLE - WHO WERE UNINSURED -- ARE NOW GETTING FREE OR SUBSIDIZED HEALTH CARE. HOWEVER, THERE ARE STILL HOLES AND COMPLICATIONS WITH THE NEW SYSTEM – AND QUESTIONS ABOUT ITS LONGTERM VIABILITY. IN THE LAST OF A SERIES ON MASSACHUSETTS HEALTH REFORM,  KAREN BROWN REPORTS.